United States The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US  

Stan Holton
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The best places to raise a family in the US are those thriving cities best suited so live when raising children. These United States cities are among the top ten cities to live in the US as well as the best places to raise children in the US. Using a various criteria, these American cities came in as the best to settle down in and start a family.

While everyone has their own reasons for why they'd settle down in a specific city and start a family, such as being close to a job or relatives, but this list uses other criteria to select the best places in the United States to raise a family. Factors such as the crime levels, quality of schools, economic stability, housing and local attractions were just a few of the characteristics considered when choosing the best places to raise children in the United States. It's no coincidence that these are also some of the cleanest cities in the United States and US cities with the best culture.

These cities are spread wide across the country with cities in the east like Boston, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, through the midwest with Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, into the south with Raleigh, North Carolina, and Omaha, Nebraska, and out west with Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, all making the cut as some of the best cities in the US to raise a family. Everywhere on this list is somewhere that's the best place to raise kids.  

What factors do you look for when selecting a city in which to raise children? Have a favorite city in which you've already raised a family? Vote for the best US cities to raise a family, add any that are missing or re-rank this list your way, all below.
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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty22 added California, USA

2
59 85
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

3
50 65
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty11 added California, USA

4
41 65
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Silicon Valley, California, USA

5
30 19
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA

6
26 16
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA

7
27 51
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

8
65 68
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

9
21 34
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Michigan, USA

10
25 50
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

11
48 50
Boise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA

12
61 48
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

13
26 21
Rochester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

14
24 19
Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

15
41 28
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA

16
50 38
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA

17
24 51
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

18
47 35
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

19
29 75
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

20
39 28
Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA

21
56 67
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA

22
28 46
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

23
18 48
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

24
12 37
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

25
23 24
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

26
11 37
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

27
35 31
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

28
26 51
Medford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

29
29 42
Worcester is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

30
32 31
Youngstown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

31
15 44
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

32
25 39
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Nebraska, USA

33
40 45
Provo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

34
14 22
Greenville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added South Carolina, USA

35
39 44
Poughkeepsie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York City, New York, USA

36
26 46
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Tennessee, USA

37
14 24
Bend is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
MichaelTaus added Oregon, USA

38
19 34
Portland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Oregon, USA

39
14 43
Alameda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

40
8 38
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

41
19 53
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

42
26 32
Ogden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

43
34 61
New York City is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York, USA

44
40 73
Austin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Texas, USA

45
17 42
Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

46
11 38
Santa Ana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

47
22 28
Sioux Falls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
South Dakota, USA

48
7 35
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

49
6 21
Overland Park is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Kansas, USA

50
22 35
Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wyoming, USA